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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Regarding Cody, the expectation in wrestling remains he’ll be a full-timer here soon although he had denied signing anything up to this point and has said there are different options on the table. He’s winding down on his U.S. indie dates which usually means either going to WWE (which he’s made abundantly clear he’s not doing plus he’s clearly part of New Japan plans going forward) or signing the ROH contracts that limit you to ROH and PWG within the U.S. and Ontario, but would allow him to continue to do international events. He worked over the weekend for House of Hardcore, but it was treated like it was his last show with the group, and he did a deal where he wrestled Tommy Dreamer (who coached him when he started and Dreamer first became a wrestling fan watching Dusty Rhodes vs. Pak Song on a vacation to Florida as a kid), and then they hugged and he turned heel on Dreamer. Because of his family’s closeness with Northeast Wrestling owner Michael Lombardi, Northeast Wrestling may be an exception, but right now Cody and Northeast Wrestling have confirmed dates through the end of August and it is up in the air past that point. All Pro Wrestling, the group that just ran the Cow Palace with him in the main event and he got the biggest reaction on the show, has him on a 7/7 date, but he’s not booked for the 9/30 show at the Cow Palace. As far as the situation with G-1 is concerned, this could be an explanation. He’s going for the title in the main event on the 6/23 PPV show from Lowell, MA. To me, Christopher Daniels isn’t meant to be a long-term champion, more of a guy to take it from Adam Cole, have a good feelgood story of him winning it as his career winds down since he was on the first ROH show, and had never held the title. They had to get the title off Cole at the time. Plus, Daniels just pinned him on the last PPV show, so they’ve already got that rematch set up if Cody ends up as champion. If he’s champion, I can see at least two obvious potential issues with G-1. One is that the company may not want its world champion gone for that much time. The second is the booking of G-1 itself. The company has made it clear in the past that it doesn’t want its world champion losing in singles matches on other group’s shows. As silly as that wound sound to some, WWE wouldn’t allow Alberto to lose his AAA championship in the ring in Mexico when he was U.S. champion in WWE, ROH was mad at Michael Elgin for losing years ago in the PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament when he was champion, and New Japan has strict rules that the IWGP champion can’t be pinned in either singles or tag situations outside of New Japan, and most of the Japanese groups operate under similar rules. I believe Impact has that rule as well. Some hate it because they felt in particular when Styles was IWGP champion and doing tons of indie dates in between, that fans “knew” he wasn’t going to lose on their indie shows and were mad about it, but that’s protecting the value of the title mentality. In G-1, you have to lose, and he’d probably have to lose a minimum of three times, and maybe four times. In a company where wins and losses are booked to matter, having your champion lose several times clean in a tournament that much of your fan base will know about probably isn’t the right thing for your title from an old-school protecting the championship perspective
 

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His first year on the independents was fun ... he completed his list and joined Bullet Club. Now what? He deffinitely looks to be pegged for a top spot in NJPW and if they go all the way with an American territory ...there arent better guys out there right now to build around than Cody and Omega. It looks like NJPW is pushing Bullet Club as the main attraction for the US shows which makes sense but could hurt Cody in the long-term. And will how will the US NJPW shows effect PWG and ROHs relationships?? Going to be an interesting next 12 mos
 

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Well during War of the Worlds shows they gave lots of attention to upcoming G1 Special show so that kinda hints that ROH/NJPW relationship won't be negatively impact by this new territory and it might even grow since likely they'll do even more talent sharing due to geographical reasons alone.
 

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This is another situation with ROH and timing. They're obviously building Cody up to be the next ROH World Champion but considering he'll be in the G1 in which case if ROH is doesn't want him losing many matches then they should wait until after the G1 because lets be honest, Cody isn't over that much in NJPW and he'll be easily overshadowed by pretty much everyone he faces because work rate is the most important thing there and Cody is decent just not NJPW level. I would say let him have his run in the G1, see how he does (might end up like Elgin, a big star, or like Jay Lethal bit of a dud in NJPW) I hope he does well and once its all done then put the belt on him.
 
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